Hu L, Xiao P, Zhang ZG, Mouraux A, Iannetti GD.
The Iannettilab (aka the GAMFI Centre) is a neuroscience research group led by Giandomenico Iannetti, and currently based at the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology of University College London.
Our research field is sensory neuroscience in humans. We investigate the neural processes leading to the perception of objects and events in the world around us. We have a particular interest in studying the nociceptive system and how its activation generates painful percepts. We are also interested in understanding the defensive behaviours triggered by dangerous sensory events happening around the body.
Our approach consists in combining psychophysics and different laboratory tools (brain imaging techniques like EEG/MEG and fMRI, EMG, microneurography) to provide a readout of the function of the nervous system at different levels, in response to stimuli belonging to various sensory modalities.
To activate selectively A-delta and C nociceptive fibres we use cutaneous laser stimulation (shown in the figures below and in this video) - a technique that we have been using and developing since 1998.
From 2006 until 2009 the lab was based at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics of the University of Oxford.
If you would like more information about the lab, or about joining the group, please email Giandomenico Iannetti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Selected Recent Publications
Iannetti GD, Salomons TV, Moayedi M, Mouraux M, Davis KD
Trends in Cognitive Sciences (2013) [PDF]
Liang M, Mouraux A, Hu L and Iannetti GD
Nature Communications (2013) [PDF]
Mancini F, Sambo C, Ramirez JD, Bennett DLH, Haggard P and Iannetti GD
Current Biology (2013) [PDF]
Spatially defined modulation of skin temperature and hand ownership of both hands in patients with unilateral complex regional pain syndrome
Moseley GL, Gallace A and Iannetti GD
Brain (2012) [PDF]
Sambo CF, Forster T, Williams S and Iannetti GD
The Journal of Neuroscience (2012) 2(37):12921-7 [PDF]
Gamma-Band Oscillations in the Primary Somatosensory Cortex—A Direct and Obligatory Correlate of Subjective Pain Intensity
Zhang ZG, Hu L, Hung YS, Mouraux A and Iannetti GD
The Journal of Neuroscience (2012) 32(22):7429-38. [PDF]
Bypassing Primary Sensory Cortices—A Direct Thalamocortical Pathway for Transmitting Salient Sensory Information
Liang M, Mouraux A and Iannetti GD
Cerebral Cortex (2012) in press [PDF]
Defensive peripersonal space: the blink reﬂex evoked by hand stimulation is increased when the hand is near the face
The primary somatosensory cortex largely contributes to the early part of the cortical response elicited by nociceptive stimuli
Seeing Touch and Pain in a Stranger Modulates the Cortical Responses Elicited by Somatosensory but not Auditory Stimulation
Valentini E, Liang M, Aglioti SM, and Iannetti GD
Human Brain Mapping (2012) 33(12):2873-84 [PDF]
Longo M, Iannetti GD, Mancini F, Driver J and Haggard P
Ferrè ER, Bottini G, Iannetti GD, Haggard P.
Taking into account latency, amplitude, and morphology: improved estimation of single-trial ERPs by wavelet ﬁltering and multiple linear regression
Hu L, Liang M, Mouraux A, Wise RG, Hu Y, Iannetti GD
Parallel processing of nociceptive and non-nociceptive somatosensory information in the human primary and secondary somatosensory cortices: evidence from dynamic causal modelling of fMRI data
Liang M, Mouraux A, Iannetti GD.
The Journal of Neuroscience (2011) 31:8976-85 [PDF]
Mouraux A, Diukova A, Lee MC, Wise RG, Iannetti GD.
NeuroImage (2011) 54(3):2237-49 [PDF]
Gallace A, Torta DME, Moseley L, Iannetti GD.
PAIN (2011) 152: 1418-23.[PDF]
Single-trial detection of somatosensory evoked potentials by probabilistic independent component analysis and wavelet filtering
Hu L, Zhang ZG, Hung YS, Luk KD, Iannetti GD, Hu Y.
Clinical Neurophysiology (2011) [PDF]
Legrain V, Iannetti GD, Plaghki L, Mouraux A.
Progress in Neurobiology (2011) [PDF]
Mancini F, Longo MR, Iannetti GD, Haggard P.
Neuropsychologia (2011) 49(5):1194-201 [PDF]